Regranned from :entertainmentninfo - Michelle Yeoh says 'Star Trek' role means so much to Asian women #FACTS S PT. 21, 2017. She’s boldly going where no #Asianwoman has gone before.
#MichelleYeoh plays #CaptainGeorgiou of the #starship#Shenzhou in “Star Trek: Discovery” — premiering Sunday on #CBS before moving to the network’s fledgling streaming service — and the action film veteran sees it as a real call to duty. #Space is the #finalfrontier for viewers who look up to, and look like, the #Malaysian -born #actress since #PhilippaGeorgiou is the first Asian female in the franchise to hold such a prominent post. “I understand when I’m sitting in that chair and I’m coming across as an Asian woman captain, it means so much to women of Asian descent everywhere around the world,” Yeoh tells the #DailyNews “Because it just tells them that we are recognized to be in a position of power,” adds the 55-year-old actress. “It is very empowering and it is very inspirational. In the past I didn’t used to think about it, but now I can understand how powerful a motivator it is, especially for (young girls). They’ll think, ‘If she can do this, I can do this.’” Not all #Trekkers were beaming, though, when the first trailer for the show dropped in May.
An underbelly of fandom lashed out on social media over the sight of Yeoh and series lead #SonequaMartinGreen (“The Walking Dead”), who plays a #Vulcan -raised first officer named #MichaelBurnham — two women of color, in command of one of the largest #scifi franchises on our planet. And don’t get them started on Lt. Paul Stamets, played by #AnthonyRapp the first openly #gay character in a “Star Trek” series. (The main cast is rounded out by #JasonIsaacs who plays the captain of the Discovery starship.) Some internet trolls lamented what they called the “white genocide” of the franchise. One tweeter dubbed the show, “StarTrek: Feminist Lesbian Edition.” #ENTERTAINMENTNINFO#NINFONETWORK#ENEWS#STARWARS#USWEEKLY#VANITYFAIR#BUZZFEED#HUFFPOST#HUFFPOSTGRAM